Pasta – Double cooked pasta


On my pasta package it says something like ready for double cooking and more curiously it gives cooking times of 11 min for regular (single cooking) and 5.5 / 2 min for first/second cooking when double cooking.

I had never heard of this double cooking before. In case it matters, this was on a large 5 kg package of pasta.

  • What is double cooking and why would I want to do it?

  • Is it something restaurants do?

  • Why is the total cooking time for double cooking (5.5+2=7.5 min) shorter than the regular cooking time (11 min)?

  • Is there anything special about this type of pasta or could any pasta be prepared like this?

Best Answer

  1. It's par-cooking the pasta, cooling it down (typically an ice water bath), so that when a customer orders, they can significantly reduce the time needed to get the dish prepared for them.

  2. Yes

  3. Boiling the pasta does two things -- hydrate the pasta, and cook the starch. The hydrating continues while the pasta is resting. (you can also soak pasta ahead of time to reduce the cooking time ... and it dramatically improves gluten-free pastas).